The emerald tree boa is likely to be spotted “drape coiled” as it perches in the branches. In this unmistakable and majestic pose, its body loops around a branch in layers with its head poised in the center. Since this species is nocturnal, the emerald tree boa is resting for most of the day. One emerald tree boa, a male hatched in 2006, calls Seneca Park Zoo home.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Unlisted.
Emerald tree boas live in the Amazon River Basin, in Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, French Guyana, Surinam and Brazil. They inhabit Central and South America in wet lowland rainforests in areas that receive more than 60 inches of rainfall annually.
Emerald tree boas are carnivores. The boa eats rodents, squirrels, birds and bats. Observations strongly suggest that emerald tree boas ambush prey that hang near the ground. They can angle their heads downward to ambush a passing rodent.